The reading scores among 17-year-olds, however, remained relatively unchanged since the 1970s.
About 46 percent of white children are considered “proficient” in reading, compared with 18 percent of black children and 20 percent of Hispanic kids. ~ Reuters
This may be overstated, but I feel like children who aren’t good readers are basically handicapped when it comes to life in general, and definitely with respect to getting a high-end job.
More and more, parents who aren’t teaching their children to love reading are dooming them to a lifetime of struggle.